Friday, October 31st 2008
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Shake, Groove, Funk & Frolic with Thousands of Costumed Crazies and Pulsating World Class Rhythm:
Honolulu's Culture and Arts District is a place where the historic past and the exciting future of one of the world's most charming cities come together. It's the perfect setting for Halloween revelry, and this October 31 Honolulu's first-ever Hallowbaloo is poised to give Hawai'i residents and visitors an overabundance of cheer.

As the sun begins to set on Halloween night, Downtown Honolulu will come to life with historic storefronts beckoning spirits from the past; herds of costumed crazies gallivanting about the Arts Districts' wide, long streets; and a colorful group of merchants standing at the ready - thrilled to have a chance to inject their own brand of passion into the night. A broad array of music clubs ranging from dark and haunted to light and artsy top off the magical setting and undoubtedly provide a mood to suit everyone's fancy.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a free Street Festival on Nu'uanu Avenue, featuring three stages of entertainment until 10:30 p.m. A diverse line-up will be on offer including a Trick-or-Treat Gallery Walk & Jack-o-Lantern Contest, hypnotic African drum and dance fueled by Badenya, a surreal and exotic adventure lead by Cherry Blossom Cabaret and a grand Costume Contest. Spearheading the musical attack will be a host of nationally renowned artists many of whom have never before appeared in Hawai'i. At 7 p.m., Brett Dennen (Rolling Stone Magazine "Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2008") will climb aboard 'The Grandest Spectacle' stage and share his unadorned yet supremely captivating songs that have sparked a groundswell of support across the country. Papa Mali (fresh off a summer tour with B.B. King) will close out the evening with his distinctive brand of voodoo blues and Southern funk. He will be joined by iconic drummer, Bill Kreutzmann who co-founded the Grateful Dead and remained a central figure in the band until Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995. Also joining Papa Mali will be New Orleans Mardi Gras legend Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

Just as the music winds down in the streets, euphoric concerts will erupt in the area's premiere venues and propel the celebration deep into the night. The late shows feature three separate concerts by national powerhouses Maceo Parker, the James Brown alumnus and legendary King of Soul Saxophone (with his power packed 9-piece band and special guest DJ Logic), reggae & electronica dub master Mad Professor and The Helio Sequence, a highly touted and potent indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.

The stage is set for the kind of raucous celebration that can only come once a year.